Another Christmas is now in the rear-view mirror.
As I said in yesterday’s post, our family is thoroughly dispersed this year, so Mary and I made our own arrangements. We had decided to have a picnic lunch at Pauatahanui where, on other occasions I have sat in wait for kingfishers. There is a magnificent tree there and a seat near the car park. We chose to use our own folding seats, and spread our excellent lunch out and enjoyed each other’s company, despite the obvious band of weather approaching from the South. We finished lunch, Mary was reading a book, and I was sitting in the car having a postprandial nap. There was a sudden splatter of rain and then the view just disappeared.
Happily the rain didn’t last for long and later in the afternoon I was at liberty to find my images for the day. In Lowry bay, a young couple were rather tentatively trying out what I think were new kayaks. The contrast with the dark water appealed to me.
At the Hutt River estuary some Royal Spoonbills were again making the most of a plentiful harvest with little concern for its murky past and its legacy of industrial heavy metals in the mud. As with the previous shot, the dark water made a nice background to one of the birds who, like me, needed to nap after a good meal.
Where the road crosses the river , there is a sturdy stand of pohutukawa trees, and since it is known as New Zealand’s Christmas Tree, it seems an appropriate way to bring this year’s festivities to a conclusion.
I can feel my eyes closing again, so more tomorrow.